Relative Values
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Relative Values

This Noel Coward comedy from 1951 is a deceptive creation. Its form is a familiar one, the country house comedy. Its preoccupations - class, snobbery, ‘foreignness’, nostalgia, deception – had a particula...
Hidden
3.0★ ★ ★

Hidden

Hidden is a series of short monologues and dialogues with a great deal of humour but with a dark centre. It is delivered with style and passion by its authors who each play three characters. Each has a connecti...
A Small Family Business
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

A Small Family Business

Alan Ayckbourn apparently hates being described as a political playwright but “A Small Family Business”, revived at the National Theatre 27 years after its first production there in 1987, is clearly born ou...
Faust
3.0★ ★ ★

Faust

Gounod’s version of the Faust legend could only have been written for Paris. This Faust is not a man in search of wisdom or knowledge or power.  He is a sad old man looking to recapture his youth – which h...
The Magic Flute
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Magic Flute

Mozart’s Magic Flute is so rich in music and in story that it can bear a hundred different interpretations. It can be a pantomime, a tragedy, a comedy, an allegory or a satire – and, at its best, all five a...
Rachael’s Café
3.0★ ★ ★

Rachael’s Café

Bloomington Indiananow has at least two claims to fame. It is the setting for “Breaking Away”, the wonderful and underrated film by Peter Yates, and it is the town where Rachael Jones opened her café. This...
The Duchess of Malfi
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Duchess of Malfi

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe opens with a splendid production of Webster’s “Duchess of Malfi”, featuring a stylish and moving performance by Gemma Arterton as the Duchess. The stunning new ...
Running-on-EmRunning on Empty
3.0★ ★ ★

Running on Empty

Running on Empty is performed by two dancers and a musician. It combines dance, music, songs and dialogue. The creative team includes a writer, a choreographer, a songwriter and a composer and everywhere it ...
King Lear
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

King Lear

King Lear may have a reputation as the summit of Shakespeare’s craft as a tragedian but it is a play that too often eludes the director and exposes the shortcomings of the actor who plays the king. The sto...